IGCSE Option Process Underway
Amy Murphy Deputy head, Curriculum & Learning
The Options Process for Year 9 began formally this week, starting with the Information Webinar for parents and students. The principles behind the process, the myriad ways in which we support and guide our students through selecting an options pathway which is balanced, varied and appropriate, and some of the key differences in the subjects available were just some of the points which were explored during the course of the webinar: parents and students also had the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the information sharing session. This was complemented by the Student Subject Fayre at lunchtime on Thursday, where Heads of Department, subject teachers and IGCSE students were available to support and answer any questions that the students had.
Moving forwards, students will be sent an email on Monday with login details to enter their choices online: this is the start of the curriculum planning process for the following academic year, as the students’ choices play a central role in shaping the number of classes we offer. This doesn’t mean that students cannot change their mind: of course, students mature, gather more information, and sometimes have a change of heart. We understand this and will always listen and do our best to accommodate any changes that students wish to make.
If you have any questions about any aspects of the process, please consult the Options Handbook or contact us at school: we will be happy to help you and your son or daughter, however we can.
Reporting and PTSC Schedule 2020-21
In follow up to our Secondary Reporting and PTSC Webinar last week, we would like to share the Reporting and PTSC schedule for 2020-2021 for all year groups.
A recording of the webinar is available here – if you were unable to attend, we would encourage you to watch on the link provided and to contact our Assistant Head Teachers Lee Falconer or Matthew Lambert with any questions or feedback you may have.
BIS Student Values
A key way we help everyone in our community make positive choices is by having a clear set of community expectations that we all sign up to. Written by our students for our students- these values underpin daily life on the secondary campus. We feel it is important that as adults, we also live these values so they are our community values. Please use these as a guide in conversations you have at home to support your child’s learning.
IGCSE ART : Thao Dien Walking Tour
Janet Williams - Head of Art
Our new Year 10 IGCSE Art students explored the hidden realms of Thao Dien last week in search of inspiration for their “Life in Vietnam Art and Design” unit. Totally undaunted by the heat, the noise and the scooters, our young artists donned their “artists goggles” and collected a plethora of sketches, colour studies and photographs from which to develop their theme.
For some it was the market stalls of vibrant colours and live fish which caught their eye. For others it was the textural contrasts of man made and nature vying for every space around us, or the figures and families gathered at food stalls . Everyone gained a huge amount of experience and confidence in just a few hours capturing the amazing variety of life we have just here on our doorsteps in Thao Dien
It takes a brave student to examine our world through the lens of a camera or sit and sketch on the road side, especially when surrounded by curious and admiring locals. We were incredibly impressed by their diligence and focus!
We look forward to their developed drawings and paintings back in the Art studios in the coming weeks.
Tutu Nguyen - Year 10 Art Student gives her thoughts
“4 whole hours of grueling walking under the hottest sun in millenia, to collect pictures of the wildlife, the scenery, the cityscape, and most importantly… the FISH of Thao Dien market stalls. Stopping every once in a while only to do more Art (in the form of sketching). Throughout this journey, our brave adventurers learnt about the true beauty of Vietnamese city life through the eyes of an artist”.
Teachers Book Reviews - Read A New Book Month
‘Reading books that we know we’ll like is a wonderful way to escape the stresses of daily life. But sometimes a new type of book allows us to see the world in a different way.’ (Worldbook, 2020)
Listen in to our latest teacher recommendations of their favourite books to inspire your reading choices this week.
They can be found at Soundcloud BIS HCMC - Read a New Book Month 2020.
This week’s book reviews
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad read by Dr Finnigan
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, read by Mr McDevitt
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman, read by Ms Archer
The Kite Runner By Khaled Hosseini, read by Mr Morgan
Alice’s IB Story